During socialist era, Yugoslavia belonged to the most successful countries of the eastern bloc. Bosnia in its heart played important role as a centre of chemistry and heavy industry, including arms production. Industrial pollution remains till nowadays. At the same time, Bosnia belongs to the countries with the richest biodiversity in Europe. It is now threatened by of commercial interests.
We help to identify serious environmental issues, suggest their solutions and support civil society to enforce the right to live healthy environment.
No robbery, save the rivers!
Bosnia is unique with number of unregulated rivers providing habitat for endemic plants and animals. These jewels of nature are threatened by uncontrolled boom of hydropower plants – hundreds projects are under preparation. It is officially argued by the need to shift to green energy, which makes a sense in a country that depends on the burning of coal. However, increase in the risk of floods, irreversible devastation of nature and damaging tourism are neglected. The robbery of natural treasures affects dozens of local communities. Some of them already raised – we support these River Keepers.
The 'Coalition for Rivers: Strengthening of Local Communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina' project of Arnika and Center
for the Environment funded by the Transition Promotion Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.
Fight for clean air
Pollution of the air by chimneys of numerous factories is one of the major problems of central Bosnia – tens thousands people suffer. Owners do not invest enough in advanced technologies and keep making their profit on outdated metallurgical and chemical industry plants, or power stations. While the air pollution is visible and serious, the pollution victims do not have enough power to defend themselves. One of the largest polluters is ArcelorMittal steelworks in Zenica, failing to meet environmental standards – in this case we revealed contamination of foodstuff and supported submission of criminal charges.
You can follow us in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language at www.eko.ba
Our activities are funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic from Transition Promotion Programme.
Environmental organizations from Western Balkans against the construction of small hydropower plants on the Balkan rivers
Air pollution: Governments and cities have to do more, agreed the participants of the international conference
Shrinking space for civic society: Public participation in decision-making on environment deteriorates
Citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina gain new guidebook for participation in decision making on environment
The coalition for river protection in Bosnia and Herzegovina is starting the campaign against hydropower plants
Institution are giving advantage to the private and not the public interest – Zoning plan of a special purpose area “Ada”
Biggest polluters of Bosnia and Herzegovina: ArcelorMittal steelworks and Elektroprivreda power stations
New International Report reveals Link between Bosnian Heavy Industry and the Contamination of Foodstuffs
Eko Forum Zenica filed criminal charges against ArcelorMittal and state officials for catastrophic pollution
Czechs help in central Bosnia: local peoples´ health threatened by outdated industry and reckless corporations
Access to Information and Public Participation in Environmental Decision-Making in Bosnia and Herzegovina